The Columbus Food Co-op is continuing its efforts to secure $750,000 that will be used to open a grocery store next year on Central Avenue.

A capital campaign was launched in September at the future home of the food co-op, 1580 Central Ave., where an 8,400-square-foot, full-service grocery store is expected to open in the third quarter of 2018, said April Williams, campaign manager for the Columbus Food Co-op.

The member-owned food co-op has raised $92,000 of its $750,000 campaign goal — about 12 percent — so far, said Williams, who expressed optimism in meeting the goal.

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